3 Bedrms/1.5 Bathrms, nr Kingdom Trails, Hill Farmstead Brew, Canadian border
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About Marc Bourdelle
Marc and Stephanie are offering, as an additional option, ORGANIC FARM STAYS . Guests who choose the additional Farm Stay may farm right along side Marc or Steff, for up to three 2-hour permaculture/organic vegetable farming sessions per day. Chores may be anything imaginable pertaining to professional organic vegetable farm practices.
Marc Bourdelle purchased this Guest House in 2006
Why Marc Bourdelle chose Sheffield
Guest House has a huge picture window and a mesmerizing view of ever-changing landscape, gardens and beautiful farm livestock. Our own home here is a 200+ yr-old historic farmhouse. Room enough for us to be growing/expanding gently on the bones of what is here and with care. This is out in nature, yet on a paved road which is plowed regularly in winter, with a magical pristine hidden sanctuary just down the road to explore, get away from the world in, explore, swim, hike, fish, photograph, observe, stop to smell this place. And Bread & Puppet is close by. So much here to take in through the senses. After just a few days here you will have slowed down, unwound & de-stressed.
What makes this Guest House unique
As an additional option to the Organic Guest House & Guest House Learning Garden, we are offering during the farming season an optional Organic Farm Stay Experience. Journeying with Marc or Steff out to our Mount Harmony Farm two-acre organic vegetable garden, preparing raised beds, compost, planting, seeding, weeding & more. Learning & doing organic, permaculture biodynamic vegetable farming--no pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or genetically-modified anythings here, ever. During growing season, using our pure well water, taking in the fresh air here, you'll find plenty of ways to get exercise, and/or just soak up the constantly changing views from the Guest House huge picture window. Come & unwind and de-stress. And our protected animals are entertaining. Unpolluted State forest (open May 1-November 1) with ponds (about 3/4 mile from here) is near-private, and the water is pristine (swimming, fishing, hiking & a rugged hike to a scenic outlook). Easy access to Bread & Puppet (less than 2 miles away), The Hill Farmstead Brewery, and Burke Mtn./Kingdom Trails nearby. Dog Mountain/Chapel/Gallery in St. Johnsbury (plus hiking paths & scenic outlook, & events) is popular with dogs & their owners. Canadian border (& Newport, VT--Lake Memphremagog) is a beautiful 1/2 hr ride north. Clyde River Recreation is on the way--great classes, kayaking & moonlight canoeing. It's really healthy to be here! Many Lakes & Ponds, & Farmer's Mkts. nearby. In Winter the VAST Trail borders our property. Burke Mtn. resort & the Craftsbury Open Center are about 1/2 hr away (in opposite directions). Hardwick food co-op is about 22 minutes away and has plenty of choices in an efficient space plus a nice cafe. Up the block from the Hardwick co-op is Positive Pie--another great eating place with craft beers. Hill Farmstead Brewery (best micro brewery in the world, Ranked #1) is 20 min. away--very popular. Go to our Trip-Skyscanner guide and see some of the many choices.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking outside only
Call to give us details and get pre-approval
children <5 years old are free (limit 3 freebies)
Max guests:7 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
1. No dogs allowed upstairs 2. Dogs MUST be on a leash outside 3. Take keys and LOCK HOUSE when leaving in your car(s)
In Winter give us ADVANCE WARNING before going out, so we may clear snow if still snowing, and sand the driveway for you during ice/snow periods.
Turn down thermostats, let us know you're going out and about when returning so Stef can clean pellet stove & restart it an hour before your return.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Warmfull guest house. Marc and Stephanie are very nice and helpfull. The view is beautiff. Excellent place to relax and be quiet.
We enjoyed our long weekend in a comfortable and rustic guesthouse. Relaxing with coffee while enjoying the view from our upstairs "picture window".
The house had everything we needed, including a well stocked kitchen.
Marc and Stephanie were gracious hosts and we hope to return.
As a ski coach we spend upwards of 20 weekends/year on the road in vacation rentals. I can say that I have never had such amazing hospitality. We had an extremely rough travel scenario which resulted in our arriving at 2:30am on the morning of our first race. Luckily for us we were staying here because they made sure we had enough food to get through breakfast that morning. This lessened both our stress and maximized our sleep as we didn't have to try to find somewhere to eat!
In addition, every morning, before our early departure to the race, the driveway was shoveled, sanded, and we were able to pull out easily.
The entire experience was a joy and we would stay there again!
a lovely comfortable place
Marc and Stephanie have set up this converted barn to address almost any need so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful location. We had a very comfortable stay and appreciated having items to make breakfast :) It's not a place seeking to be a sterile hotel, but a cozy temporary home. We appreciated their hospitality and the chance to see this lovely part of Vermont. I hope we return!
Beautiful view, wonderful welcome and an amazing week.
This house is located in one of the most beautiful areas of New England. When you arrive it seems unassuming until you look behind the house and see the beautiful grass and the funny animals. Our daughter was enamored with Bobo and Lady (the donkeys), as well as the various sheep and geese and ducklings. And the garden mentioned in the listing is huge, nothing like we expected. We had wonderful fresh salads every day. The house itself was as expected. Comfortable and homey. The only issue was that the bathrooms are situated in two of the bedrooms, so if you have people staying in those bedrooms and you are in the third, you might want to be sure you get ready for bed before they do! Marc and Stephanie were very welcoming and helpful with anything that came up. And I love that they made it easy to compost and recycle. The beds are comfy and if the bathrooms are tiny, the views and the air of Vermont more than made up for it. A bonus, when Stephanie found out we were bringing a toddler, she had a baby gate and plug blockers available for us to use. Not everyone would go to that extra effort. The use of the grill was another bonus, as well as the chairs situated outside so we could take in the wonderful view as the sun set.
Super Charming Property in the NEK!
Spacious rental located on Marc and Stephanie's beautiful farm. Rustic, eclectic, and bohemian, this spot has a little something for everyone whether you plan on hiking the nearby sanctuary, catching a show at Bread and Puppet, or simply staying in and watching the sunset over the mountains. The view from the back window alone is worth the price of admission! Be sure to grab the best beer in the world at Hill Farmstead and a pizza from Parker Pies, both nearby. Lake Willoughby is truly spectacular with lots of hiking options. Do yourself a favor and chat with Marc and Stephanie while you're there. They're fascinating folks!
Guest House, with lots of character & Old World touches, located in Vermont's NE Kingdom, is near to: Hill Farmstead Brewery, restaurants, cafes, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, boating areas, Craftsbury, Burke Mtn., Kingdom Trails, Bread & Puppet, a beautiful nature sanctuary down the hill, Lake Willoughby, Newport & the Canadian border. Check the MountHarmonyFarm website for a detailed listing of the many activities nearby, directions, info & more. Free WiFi/internet, Dish HDTV w. Blu-ray player downstairs. Our well water is healthier than what people drink from plastic bottles, and we have a hot/cold 5-gallon water dispenser as well.
This is a great place to unwind & de-stress, kick back in nature for a while, or knock yourself out in the great outdoors. Cook up something wonderful in the kitchen, or go out to a wide variety of great eating places. In Summer the great eating place is right here -- just pick fresh organic items (& herbs) from the Guest House garden (growing season starts gradually & takes off in July/August), or select from the many spices in the Guest House & voila! Parfait! From the LARGE Picture Window upstairs, you can watch the antics of our farm animals, birds at our feeders, wonderful sunsets, and the stars on clear nights are beautiful -- check your Apps for when the meteor showers are. Come here for 2-3 days and you'll be so sorry you can't stay longer.
Spring Peepers fill the night air in Spring, butterflies & lilacs in the daytime, then hummingbirds arrive -- several feeders with one at a downstairs Guest House window. Luna Moths arrive (after 11 pm) around the Solstice, then fireflies. Hummers start their migrations south around mid-late September. Foliage is around late-September to the blazing yellows up till about Oct 20.
Down the hill is a near-private state park with pristine waters. When you're done swimming, hiking, etc. at the park, you can continue on to the show(s) at the world-famous Bread & Puppet Theater a mile further on.
The nearby park has a wading area perfect for young children, a floating dock w. water slide, fishing areas, hiking trails, a second pond, & a scenic outlook (a steep hike with wonderful views). There is also another locked cabin on the second pond further on: a wonderful place to hang out for the day with a gourmet picnic & art supplies/cameras, reading, or bring an inflatable boat & go exploring.
Hill Farmstead Brewery: go & sample, stock up on their amazing brews. On your way back you can stop at Willey's country store in Greensboro, then cross the road to Miller's Thumb to look at beautiful crafts & clothing items (a rushing river runs underneath it--you can view the river through a protected glass area in the store). There are classes/events at the barn in Greensboro, and a Farmer's market. Head further south to Hardwick to a wonderful food co-op (cafe upstairs). Across the road is a suspended bridge leading to a florist shop & a sewing/yarn goods place. A few doors up from the co-op is a very popular eatery (Positive Pie) with terrific micro-brews, wood-fired pizza & great food.
For dog fans, head to St. Johnsbury and Dog Mountain. There are hiking trails, a pond for dogs, a gallery with dog-themed items created by the late artist, Stephen Huneck, & a dog-themed chapel for those who have lost a pet--the Dog Chapel is very popular. Many weekends there are events. Check their website to see if there's something when you come.
St. Johnsbury has a great Farmer's Market on Saturdays, & then you can walk through the town for the many places to visit, a nice bookstore with a great cafe (check out Catamount Arts--films, festivals, gallery, more).
Burke is well known for its wide variety of eating establishments, as well as world-class Mountain Biking events at Kingdom Trails, a good Farmer's Market, food co-op, and a lively town event during the summer like a giant block party.
Lyndonville's Darling Hill Inn is very classy with amazing food, and great foliage views in early October. Dylan's Cafe has locally grown items and is recommended. Don't forget to check out all the summer Fairs.
Craftsbury has concerts on the commons, a great Farmer's Market, a fine country store, and Sterling College. The Outdoor Center has summer events and about 100 miles of groomed trails for winter x-country skiing & events too.
Lake Willoughby is great for swimming, views, & hiking trails. Many nearby lakes have boat ramps plus cleaning facilities. Some lakes have cabanas, concession stands, picnic areas with grills.
Newport/Lake Memphremagog/the Canadian border are great areas to explore + shopping areas (supermarkets, Walmart's, pharmacies, chain store eateries as well as good dining). Newport is lovely (nice lakeside parks, old buildings), and nice views of the mountains across the border. Spend some time exploring, or go into Canada and enter other cultures. Great scenic bike trails connecting Canada & Newport.